Days of Our Lives
Actor Joe Mascolo, also known as Joseph Mascolo, portrays wicked Stefano DiMera on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and has netted three Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performance. He also appeared as character Massimo Marone on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” a role he played from 2001 to 2006. In addition, the soap opera veteran portrayed Domino (Nicholas Van Buren) on “General Hospital” (1989) and Carlos Alvarez on “Santa Barbara” (1985). He also acted in “Where the Heart Is” (1970-1973) and “From These Roots” (1961). Mascolo's film credits include “Shaft's Big Score” (1972), “Jaws 2” (1978), “Sharky's Machine” (1981), “Gangster Wars” (1982), “Yes, Giorgio” (1982) and “Heat” (1986).
A classically trained musician, Mascolo plays the clarinet and played with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for two hours. He has been married twice and had one son with his first wife Rose Maimone (together from 1953 until her death in 1986). He married Patricia Schultz in 2005. Talking about married life, he stated, “So far, so good. She was a vice president at NBC. We knew each other when she was doing publicity for 'Days.' Then we knew each other off and on for a long time at the same network. Then she left and I left and we went to New Orleans for some professional thing and got to know each other more and more, and suddenly it turned into this!”
Childhood and Family:
Joseph Mascolo was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. Growing up, he showed talent for music and later received a music scholarship to the University of Miami. It was at the university that Joseph was discovered by a drama coach and later dropped his early dreams of becoming a classical musician in favor for acting. He took acting lessons from Stella Adler.
In 1953, Joseph married Rose Maimone, who died in 1986. The marriage produced one child, a son named Peter. In 2005, he married Patricia Schultz, a former NBC Television executive who he had known for more than 15 years.
Joseph served in the U.S. Army and once worked as an insurance investigator.
The Bold and the Beautiful
Joe Mascolo made his professional acting debut in a stage production of “The Threepenny Opera” off-Broadway. He followed it up with an appearance in a revival of Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge.” He made his Broadway debut in a 1966/1967 revival of “Dinner at Eight,” with director Tyrone Guthrie.
Mascolo's television career began in 1961 when he appeared as Tony Brenner in the series “True Story.” He received his first soap opera role in NBC's “From These Roots.” However, after disappearing from the screen for the next few years, he did not resurface until he was featured as a bodyguard in an episode of “Coronet Blue” called “A Dozen Demons,” which aired on July 3, 1967. In 1968, Mascolo broke into the big screen in the western “Hot Spur,” where he starred with James Arena and Virginia Gordon. He closed out the decade with a guest spot in the Bob Denver comedy series “The Good Guys” (1969).
In 1970, Mascolo became the third actor to portray Ed Lucas in the CBS soap opera “Where the Heart Is,” a stint that would last until 1973. He had his second film work in Gordon Parks' “Shaft's Big Score” (1972), where he costarred with Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn and Drew Bundini Brown. It was followed by roles in the films “Happy Mother's Day, Love George” (directed by Darren McGavin and starred Patricia Neal, Cloris Leachman and Bobby Darin) and “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” (directed by Ivan Dixon and starred Lawrence Cook, Janet League and Paula Kelly, both 1973).
After guest starring in the primetime television series “All in the Family” (1974), starring Carroll O'Connor, Mascolo starred in the TV film “Dominic's Dream” (CBS, 1974), appeared as Frank Cassell in an episode of the ABC series “Baretta” (1975) and starred as Mayor Pete Santori in the series “Bronk,” opposite Jack Palance as Detective Lieutenant Alex Bronkov. Created by Carroll O'Connor, the show ran on CBS from September 1975 to March 1976. The actor then appeared in episodes of “NBC Special Treat” (1976), “Kojak” (1976), “ABC Afterschool Specials” (1976), “Switch” (1977), “The Rockford Files” (1977), “Lou Grant” (1978) and “The Incredible Hulk” (1979). In addition, he portrayed Max Pierce in the television film “Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model” (1977), with Barbara Eden, Sally Kirkland and Joan Hackkett, and was cast in the role of Len Peterson in the 1978 thriller “Jaws 2,” a sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1975 “Jaws.”
In 1981, Mascolo joined the cast of the NBC series “The Gangster Chronicles.” The same year, he also appeared as a police detective named Joe Tipps in “Sharky's Machine,” an action movie directed by Burt Reynolds, who also starred in the movie. The next year, Mascolo reprised his role of Salvatore Maranzano in “Gangster Wars,” a film adaptation of the 1981 TV series “Gangster Chronicles,” portrayed Dominic Giordano in “Yes, Giorgio,” a film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner that starred Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, and guest starred in the short lived CBS series “Shannon.”
Mascolo, however, did not enjoy a big breakthrough until he landed the villainous role of Stefano DiMera on the long running soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Making his debut performance on January 18, 1982, he remained with the show until 1985 and was awarded a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Villain in a Daytime Soap Opera in 1984 and a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Villain in a Daytime Serial in 1985 for his performance. Mascolo briefly returned to the show in 1981 and again from 1993 to 2001, during which time he took home his third Soap Opera Digest Award in 1997, for Outstanding Villain. He has made appearances again on the series since 2007.
During his first stint on “Days of Our Lives,” Mascolo also guest starred in “Hart to Hart” (1984), “Comedy Factory” (1985) and “Brothers” (1985) and played Richards in the Emmy nominated TV movie “Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter” (1984), starring Jeff Goldblum as Ernie Kovacs. In 1985, he portrayed the role of Carlos Alvarez on the NBC soap “Santa Barbara.” He also appeared in episodes of “CBS Schoolbreak Special” (1986), “Hill Street Blues” (1986), “Joe Bash” (1986), “Hunter” (1987), “It's Garry Shandling's Show” (1987), “Rags to Riches” (1987) and “The Equalizer” (1988). He returned to features in “Heat,” a 1986 movie starring Burt Reynolds, Karen Young and Peter MacNicol.
After his brief comeback to “Days of Our Lives” in 1988, Mascolo landed a role on “General Hospital” as a villain named Domino (Nicholas Van Buren). He played the role in several episodes in 1989. The same year, he also appeared as Albert G. Tendelli in the television film “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk.”
Following a notable return to “Days of Our Lives” during 1993 to 2001, Mascolo joined the cast of the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the role of Massimo Marone. He would appear on the series in over 500 episodes from 2001 until 2006. He did not renew his contract with the show because of lack of storyline and returned to “Days of Our Lives,” in which his character Stefano DiMera was revived after six years. He is currently with the popular soap opera. During this time, Mascolo was also cast with Tori Spelling, KayCee Stroh and Adrian Gonzalez in the 2008 TV film “Mother Goose Parade.”
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Villain, “Days of Our Lives,” 1997
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Villain in a Daytime Serial, “Days of Our Lives,” 1985
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Villain in a Daytime Soap Opera, “Days of Our Lives,” 1984